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Global Business & Interfaith Peace Awards


Next Awards: August 23-25, 2020 | Tokyo, on the eve of the Paralympic Games

The Global Business & Interfaith Peace Awards recognize business leaders – current or past CEOs – who have demonstrated leadership in championing interfaith understanding and peace. The Awards are an initiative of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation (RFBF) in collaboration with the United Nations Global Compact Business for Peace (B4P) platform.

The next Awards will be in Tokyo on the eve of the Paralympic Games, building on the success of our past two Global Business & Peace Awards and Symposia held at the start of the Paralympic Games including Brazil and Korea, the latter which was keynoted by former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Inspired by Paralympians overcoming limits, the Awards bring to the Paralympic Games companies, business leaders, filmmakers, sports stars and global celebrities who are overcoming intercultural and religious tensions to build more inclusive and peaceful societies.

Award recipients have the opportunity to present their commitment to interfaith understanding and peace, while contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16: “Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.” 

The 2018 jury wass comprised of a small group of high-level experts, including from the United Nations (H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations); the European Union (H.E. Ján Figeľ, Special Envoy for promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU); the NGO religious freedom community (Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, President of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights & Justice, and a former head of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom); the business & peace community (Per L. Saxegaard, Business CEO, and Founder and Executive Chairman of the Business for Peace Foundation, Oslo, Norway); and the religion and peace community (Dr. Sunggon Kim (김성곤) Honorary President, Asian Conference of Religions for Peace). Additional input during the judging process was provided by the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding and its CEO, Joyce S. Dubensky, Esq.

Award winners are also invited to sign the Corporate Pledge in Support of Religious Diversity & Inclusion — which supports freedom of religion and belief in the workplace. The Pledge sends two clear messages to current and prospective employees: (1) You can work here without changing who you are; and (2) the company respects all employees and will not favor certain employees over others … and that’s good for the business of all. The FoRB Pledge is one component of a company’s overall strategy to value its employees and increase their loyalty for the benefit of customers and shareholders. The FoRB Pledge is a company’s public commitment to take reasonable steps to ensure that working at the company does not put employees at odds with their deeply held religious convictions.

At its core, Dare to Overcome is a Sustainable Development initiative.

2018 – South Korea

→ Meet the 2018 medalists

2016 – Brazil

→ Meet the 2016 medalists


Global Film Competition 2018

Love Has No Borders (Gold) by Deborah Paul and Christy Anastas

Deborah Paul and Christy Anastas‘s film,  Love Has No Borders won the Religious Freedom & Business Film Competition Gold Medal.

The short film shows two women from different backgrounds joining together to build a business to serve those in need.

See all the finalists in the 2018 Religious Freedom & Business Film Competition.